It's government so there are layers and layers of management, the buck doesn't really stop anywhere.
Support from management
It's government so everything is C.Y.A. He who has the best papertrail wins.
Freedom to work independently
Some directors are micro-managers, others not so much. You should try to ask around to others in the department before accepting a position.
The biggest challenge in the City of Hollywood is the communication. The big boss says Go Left, the middle boss says Stay Put, the assistant to the middle boss says We Have to Move, and the supervisors say Get Going, and the shift leads say Go Right, and then the big boss wonders why everyone is going in the wrong direction.
Overall compensation for your work
The pay is usually below market, but with a generally clear path through your pay grade if you do even a decent job and stick with the position for a number of years you can make a decent wage.
Office / Work Environment
Some of the people you work with are awesome, some really aren't. Its a government operation so the lower down the seniority list you are the more likely you are to be the one tossed under the bus.
Lots of lipservice is paid to 'Green Initiatives.' But when the janitors come around at the end of the day, the blue recycle bins get tossed into the same dumpster as the trash.
The Company Image of Hollywood is best described as Schizophrenic. The elected officials want one thing, management wants something similar, the citizens want something else, and reality won't permit more than half of that from ever happening.
It does make it interesting getting new branding guidelines every three or four years. Keeps some departments really busy.
Employment Contracts negotiated with the Union make for some reasonable clear work rules, including a progressive discipline policy.
But, management has a lot of discretion, and plenty of opportunity, to get around those rules.
The best papertrail wins in any situation so as long as you can pass along the blame to someone else then you will be fine in all but the worst case scenarios.
The one thing the City gets right!
Suggestions for improvement
- I have a simple suggestion for the City of Hollywood....
Treat your employees like they are simple cogs in a machine and they will accomplish mediocrity with stunning inefficiency.
Treat your employees like they make difference and they will.
What I like about the company
I like(d) working for the City of Hollywood because when you get a good team put together you can accomplish great things. It's a bit difficult to get the team put together but it can be done with a bit of work and that work really pays off.
What I dislike about the company
The worst thing about working for the City of Hollywood is Middle Management. And there is a LOT of middle management. And many of them seem determined to hold back those below them, like somehow their light is going to shine brighter by extinguishing the lights of those below them on the org chart.